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Today’s entry in Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s is the #1 smash from the bicentennial summer of 1976- Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band. In fact it just missed by a week of being the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 on American’s 200th birthday- Silly Love Songs was #1 that week- the next week July 10th- Afternoon Delight took over for a couple weeks. I wasn’t even much of a music listener at that time- but you couldn’t avoid this crap. I remember they even had a summer variety series- all because of one big hit song. Of course the show lasted six weeks and was history. I don’t think they were ever heard from again. Of course Afternoon Delight and The Starland Vocal Band were nominated for Grammy Awards- including Song of the Year.

Part of the thing that I detested about the song -was the perky syruppy bubblebum music sound of it. I think I got a cavity the first time I heard it.  The man who wrote the song Bill Danoff was a member of the group- along with his then wife- her name was Taffy. Figures. Anyway Bill Danoff was co-writer of the big John Denver song ” Take Me Home, Country Roads.”  The Starland Vocal Band were one -hit wonders- none of their other singles came close to the Top 40. They called it quits in 1980.


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  1. YES… you came through on this one. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be included…I hated it when I was 9… “I don’t think they were ever heard from again.” what a shame.

    • I thought that was odd at the time and i was just a teenager- they have one hit and get a tv show? Their lack of talent was exposed.

  2. nominated for a Grammy and Best Song of the Year? Really!?!? Egads. Question: did the term “afternoon delight” exist before this song? If not, we have to thank them at least for the term.

    • That is a good question. I have no idea if they originated the term or not. I am sure the writer will say he did. I doubt he was that clever.

  3. Yes figured this would make the list! I dot even have to watch the video to bring this song up clearly in my mind. Not sure if that’s a good thing 😱. And don’t even get me started in the Grammys.

  4. “Video unavailable. The uploader has not made this video available in your country.” Phew!
    Afternoon Delight (nod, nod, wink , wink) was the 1970s Capital Radio (London) afternoon show’s theme song. The host was ultrasmooth Gerald Harper who would give away champagne and chocolates and play inoffensive music.

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